Agapanthus 'Liam's Lilac'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to August
- Flower colour: pale lilac
- Other features: excellent as cut flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection from frost in winter)
Named after the UK breeders grandson, this African lily has soft lilac flowers, which darken slightly towards their base. Forming elegantly nodding, trumpet-shaped blooms that flare out gently at their tips, they appear in open, rounded clusters above the lush, evergreen foliage. Flowering a little later than many others, they will help extend the season when planted with other cultivars.
- Garden care: Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly from spring until flowering. In cold areas, protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry mulch to protect them from hard frosts, or grow in a pot so they can be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse. Divide plants in spring. Divide plants that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.
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